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  • Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage MuseumGaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Anna B. Korn started the Oklahoma Memorial Association and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame to honor and celebrate those Oklahomans who had contributed to the state giving excellent service in their lifetimes. Also that year, the organization had the first statehood day celebration and the next year began inducting the first class of entrants into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 1960, the nonprofit thought about someplace to show the busts and portraits of the Hall of Fame inductees, and a decade later, the Hefner family gave the Hefner Mansion to the organization to do that. After the remodeling started, the mansion was renamed the Oklahoma Heritage House, and in the middle of that decided to change their name as well. In 1971, they changed the name to the Oklahoma Heritage Association so that it could reflect the role they had in the preservation of the state's history. In 1972, the house opened to the public, held its first garden party, which became a yearly event and had their first awards ceremony for an annual celebration of those that helped preserve the state's history. Three years later, they would publish their first book, "The Judge: the Life of Robert A. Hefner" by Clifford Trafzer and in 1977 started their Heritage Week poster, poster/essay contest and essay. In 2001, the association bought the historic Mid-Continent Life Insurance building in Oklahoma City with a gift from Edward L. Gaylord and in 2004 started the remodeling to start the first Oklahoma Heritage Museum. A year later, Boone Pickens matched the Gaylord's gift and in 2006, the staff moved into the newly renovated facility for the grand opening of the Edward L. Gaylord-T. Boone Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum which was held on May 10, 2007, 80 years to the day after the structure had been opened the first time. This high-tech, interactive museum features the state's story through the people here and was named the 2008 Best New Attraction in the state, also a 2008 Oklahoma City Nickelodeon's Parents Pick for Teens, the 2009 Outstanding Attraction in Frontier Country and the 2009 Oklahoma City Nickelodeon Parents Pick for Kids.  In the permanent exhibits gallery, you can find out how Oklahomans like Reba McEntire, Wiley Post, Mat Hoffman and Shannon Lucid have helped the museum and others that focus on Oklahomans from the past and present, well known and not so well known, have painted a picture of the history of this great state by their portrayal of the five characteristics of an Oklahoman; individualism, pioneer spirit, perseverance, optimism and generosity. This is in the Oklahoma Through Its People Gallery, and the next is the Edward L. Gaylord and T. Boone Pickens exhibits that made this dream come true for the entire state, and how their lives and success was accomplished. The Bust Gallery has you playing a trivia game about the state with clues about who the bust is of, and taking a picture of yourself atop a pedestal. The OneOk Tell Your Story exhibit is next and here you can tell your story or your family's story that relates to the history and making of it here. The Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater shows a film about the people that helped this state become what it is today. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame shows and tells you about all this exemplary people that gave so much to the state they loved. Then you can learn about the Story of the Building from its earliest beginning in 1927 to the present.

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  • Overholser MansionOverholser Mansion Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    As you enter the Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, you will travel back in time to a century ago when the Overholser family moved into this magnificent mansion. The 1903 three story chateauesque house is completely furnished with the original furnishings, stained glass windows, elegant fixtures and handpainted canvas walls. It stands today, a monument to one of the city's most remarkable families; and the 11,000 square foot house allows you a unique perspective into the wealthy that lived in the marvelous historic Heritage Hills neighborhood and one of the city's main attractions. Henry came to the city in 1889 and became involved in every part of the city's growth until he passed on in 1915; but not before building more than 35 structures, that included the state fairgrounds, two opera houses and the United States Courthouse. He was the founding president of the Board of Trade or the Chamber of Commerce as it is called today, involved in the county commission, first trolley car system and the first water works project. The year he arrived in the city, he would marry Miss Anna Ione Murphy, the daughter of the territory's first treasurer, and they began to make themselves the city's first couple. In 1902, Henry bought the first three lots in Classen's Highland Park Addition, now called Heritage Hills, where he would have the 11,000 square foot house built, with a 4000 square foot carriage house that also contained elegant furnishings, Antwerp oak woodwork and more stained glass windows. The couple had two children, a boy that lived just a while after his birth and a daughter named Henry Ione Overholser, in 1905. She would grow up and marry David J. Perry in June of 1926 and lived in the mansion with Anna until she passed on in 1940. David was a pioneer aviator and then the campaign manager for Senator Mike Monroney. The couple didn't have any children, but Anna transferred the ownership of the estate to her in 1937 and when Henry Ione passed on in 1959 and once again ownership was transferred to David in 1961. In 1972, numerous organizations purchased the property from David.

January 11, 2011